Garda sits in its own bay between La Rocca's cliff and the pretty peninsula that's home to Punta San Vigilio.
The town's tree-lined promenade stretches along the water's edge for over a mile and is filled with gelaterias and cafés. From here you look across Lake Garda's widest part and can see as far as Sirmione's peninsular, jutting out from the lake’s southern shore. The medieval town is made up of cobbled, pedestrianised streets packed with local shops and bars that liven up at night with street entertainers and music, plus locals and tourists out for an after-dinner stroll.
For a gentle lakeside stroll, walk out towards the historic Punta San Vigilio. There are plenty of bars and cafés to stop at along the way and a shingle beach, where you can cool off with a paddle.
There's also a great walk up to the top of La Rocca - it's a bit steep in parts and a little rocky towards the top but once there you're rewarded with a large, sun-drenched grassy area and sweeping views over the lake. You can look down to Garda on one side and Bardolino on the other.
Bardolino is the closest town to Garda, about 3km away on the lakeside promenade. Great if you like a walk but it's much easier if you hire a bike. All the other towns on Lake Garda are easily accessible by ferry too, but it's best to plan your day around the ferry timetable as they're not quite frequent enough to just turn up and hop on.
Explore the sights and sounds of Garda before you go, with our interactive Lake Garda street view tour.
See the local area with our Classic Italian Discovery Package staying at the La Perla Hotel. Excursions include the Dolomites, Venice and Verona. Or see more of the lake with our Lake Garda Discovery Package, staying at the Hotel Astoria. Excursions include a lake tour, wine tour and day in Venice. Or try our Flavours of Italy Discovery Package, staying at the Hotel Eden. Excursions include a vineyard tour and local food tour. Or our Italian Cities Discovery Package, staying at the Hotel Sole. Excursions include Venice and Milan. Must book by 27 April 2016.
Top 3 accommodations in Garda, Lake Garda
La Perla Hotel
from £455 per person
Hotel Eden Garda
from £449 per person
from £369 per person
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